Restaurant Reviews from jimmyg

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 7

Member Since: 03 August 2007

Last Visit: 24 November 2014

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ely bar & brasserie restaurant

CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
189 reviews

Reviewed 15th May 2012 ( visited 30th April 2012 )

Had received a gift of a rewarding times voucher for dinner for 2 including bottle of wine and cvookbook for this restaurant which I have heard and read so much about. Visited on a Monday night (night of Manchester derby), so there were only about 5/6 people in the restatant, which took somewhat from the atmosphere. Were welcomed and brought to table, and were served by a really knowledgable pleasant and friendly girl. For the first time in many years I actually went to the bother of seeing the manager at the end of the meal to single her out for praise. In particular her knowledge of wine, and her passion for the food and wine on offer was excellent. Despite being on a voucher there were no restrictions - and we had a complete a la carte choice. As we have have very similar tastes, both my wife and I actually chose the food - scallops to start and lam rack for mains. The quality of food was excellent - with some really nice twists such as the "soft" black pudding with the scallop starter. The lamb rack was absolutely gorgeous - and was cooked to perfection. When it came to being offered the dessert menu, before looking we asked if there was Creme Brullee - to be told that although it was not on the dinner menu the waitress said that it had been on the earlier lunch menu, and would check if there were any available. A lovely touch, considering we were on a "voucher". Two really good cappucinos finished a lovely dinner, and a wonderful experience. While talking with the manager, and waiting for my wife to return from the restroom, I was given a mini tour of the downstairs area, where functions, wine tastings etc are held, and it was a lovely atmospheric setting, and imagine it would be a great venue when full. Cannot wait for a return visit - faultless staff, service and food - a wonderful experience !
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ely bar & brasserie restaurant

CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
189 reviews

Reviewed 15th May 2012 ( visited 30th April 2012 )

Had received a gift of a rewarding times voucher for dinner for 2 including bottle of wine and cvookbook for this restaurant which I have heard and read so much about. Visited on a Monday night (night of Manchester derby), so there were only about 5/6 people in the restatant, which took somewhat from the atmosphere. Were welcomed and brought to table, and were served by a really knowledgable pleasant and friendly girl. For the first time in many years I actually went to the bother of seeing the manager at the end of the meal to single her out for praise. In particular her knowledge of wine, and her passion for the food and wine on offer was excellent. Despite being on a voucher there were no restrictions - and we had a complete a la carte choice. As we have have very similar tastes, both my wife and I actually chose the food - scallops to start and lam rack for mains. The quality of food was excellent - with some really nice twists such as the "soft" black pudding with the scallop starter. The lamb rack was absolutely gorgeous - and was cooked to perfection. When it came to being offered the dessert menu, before looking we asked if there was Creme Brullee - to be told that although it was not on the dinner menu the waitress said that it had been on the earlier lunch menu, and would check if there were any available. A lovely touch, considering we were on a "voucher". Two really good cappucinos finished a lovely dinner, and a wonderful experience. While talking with the manager, and waiting for my wife to return from the restroom, I was given a mini tour of the downstairs area, where functions, wine tastings etc are held, and it was a lovely atmospheric setting, and imagine it would be a great venue when full. Cannot wait for a return visit - faultless staff, service and food - a wonderful experience !
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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This was simply excellent - wonderful food, generous portions and friendly efficient service. I travel to France several times per year for work and leisure and this surpassed anything I have had on my travels including Michelin Star Restaurants.

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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

Would be a big fan of Eamon O'Reilly's ventures, so having read some good reviews we made a booking for dinner for my wife and myself. It was a Saturday night and when we arrived the restaurant was heaving ! Seems to be a trio operation here with restaurant, bistro and pub offering. The amosphere was electric but maybe not to everyone's taste, so one would need to be careful when booking to ensure they request table in the appropriate area. Luckily we were seated throught the pub area and to the right - to a lovely room, with a more gentle "buzz" to it. I am getting old I will be complaining about the loud "young peoples" music next !! Despite it being so busy, we were quickly seated, offered menus, drinks etc. by a very pleasant waiter. The food was everything we have come to expect from a Eamonn O'Reilly venture - flawless ! For starters we had Foie Gras and a really zingy Salmon fish cake, which came with a quails egg, which was a great accompianment. Mains were a really tender steak - cooked medium rare to perfection, and a simple yet really effective chicken dish with a mushroom ravioli and an unusual sweetcorn crean. Two wonderful creme brulees (and chortcake biscuit) with cappucinos finished a wonderful meal. This would make a wonderful venue for a family celebration.

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Il segreto translates as "the secret" and this little gem of a restaurant has been a secret to me for the past few years. Despite walking by this area on a very regular basis, for some reason the venue never "appeared on my radar". Having been given a voucher as a gift, myself and my wife paid a visit on a lovely sunny Sunday evening late March. We were being offered a table in the restaurant when the outside patio area caught our eye, and with the weather being so pleasant we decided to eat outside. This outside area was absolutely gorgeous - the smokers must be delighted ! With the unseasonal weather, and the pretty patio, we could have been in Italy or Spain. The food was really nice, portions may have appeared a little small, but considering we were planning to have all three courses, they were more than enough. The danger of sitting outside and not receiving attentive service was not an issue, as the waiting staff were very careful to ensure they popped out regularly despite there being only 3 tables of two occupied. Back to the food...for starters one had scallops with pancetta which was a remarable dish, well matched, and cooked to perfection, the other had foie gras, which was excellent. Our mains were a lovely fresh cod dish with spinach and potatoes and a chicken dish with leeks, bacon, mushrooms etc, and was delightful. We finished with a superb creme brulee and cappucinos to end a remarkable meal. One observation (not a criticism) was the heavy French influences on the menu, when we would have expected a more Italian leaning. This was certainly not an issue for us, but maybe others might expect a more Italian menu.

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Having lived in Rathmines when Zen first opened, we used to be quite regular customers, but then moved away so haven't been there for some time. We have fond memories of Zen as it was a lovely setting (a converted church), had excellent food, which was also available to take away. At the time I remember it was one of very few places that served aromatic duck and pancakes to take away ! So many years later we found ourselves returning on a quiet Monday night, apprehensive that our good memories would be broken. We were delighted to see that the quality of the food had not in any way been diminished, and it still served what I would amateurishly call very "clean" Chinese food - i.e. absence of gloopy sauces that are so common. We felt the room however had changed and the visual impact of the upstairs "choir gallery" was lost somewhat with the renovations. Back to the food...to start we had the meat sung, which was really nice and crisp, and an unusual pang pang chicken which was served cold in a hot and spicy sauce - it was truly delicious. Mains were a scallop dish with cashew nuts (very generous portion of scallops), and a sizzling lamb which was equally excellent. Service throughout was impeccable - from both a mature lady who I think is probably the owner (I have not so fond memories of a previous elderly very grupmy man ! ), and a young guy who was most helpful and inobtrusive. On leaving we had a nice chat with a young lady reminiscing on the old style of the restaurant and congratulating them on their longevity as we read that they were celebrating 20 years in business. All in all a very pleasant night tripping down memory lane, and great to see that standards of food and service had not been comprimised donw the years. We will not leave it so long to return.....

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Bloom last night (Monday) with my wife and once again had a wonderful meal. This was maybe our 5/6th visit and the quality of food and service never fails us. I would agree with some other reviews that it can be a little pricey, but last night we were using a voucher purchased on a "deal" website which made for great value. Being a Monday it was initially quiet with perhaps only 5/6 others present, but during our stay perhaps a further 8/10 people arrived, which made for a better atmosphere. I love some of the tables for two along the wall which have one person sitting in a recess, so even if it were particualrly busy it would give a sense of privacy. For starters we had the crab dish and a seared chicken liver - both excellently presented, and were very tasty. For mains my wife had her favourite rack of lamb, which as usual was superb, and I had the squab of pigeon, which was really good - two breasts were served together with the legs done in a confit style. It was accompanied by a lovely chestnut/mushroom mix which suited the pigeon meat. We shared a creme brulee dessert - loved the heavy vanilla tones The wines by the glass offering was good - starting with a crisp chablis, and a suprisingly good French Merlot for the mains - good value at I think €6 or €7 euro and a great accompianment to both the lamd and the pigeon.. We finished with two cappucinos, which really hit the spot. As usual service was inobtrusive yet friendly, and we look forward to our next visit.

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ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Had received a gift of a rewarding times voucher for dinner for 2 including bottle of wine and cvookbook for this restaurant which I have heard and read so much about. Visited on a Monday night (night of Manchester derby), so there were only about 5/6 people in the restatant, which took somewhat from the atmosphere. Were welcomed and brought to table, and were served by a really knowledgable pleasant and friendly girl. For the first time in many years I actually went to the bother of seeing the manager at the end of the meal to single her out for praise. In particular her knowledge of wine, and her passion for the food and wine on offer was excellent. Despite being on a voucher there were no restrictions - and we had a complete a la carte choice. As we have have very similar tastes, both my wife and I actually chose the food - scallops to start and lam rack for mains. The quality of food was excellent - with some really nice twists such as the "soft" black pudding with the scallop starter. The lamb rack was absolutely gorgeous - and was cooked to perfection. When it came to being offered the dessert menu, before looking we asked if there was Creme Brullee - to be told that although it was not on the dinner menu the waitress said that it had been on the earlier lunch menu, and would check if there were any available. A lovely touch, considering we were on a "voucher". Two really good cappucinos finished a lovely dinner, and a wonderful experience. While talking with the manager, and waiting for my wife to return from the restroom, I was given a mini tour of the downstairs area, where functions, wine tastings etc are held, and it was a lovely atmospheric setting, and imagine it would be a great venue when full. Cannot wait for a return visit - faultless staff, service and food - a wonderful experience !

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il Divo Restaurant
2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin

Having heard and read so much about this restaurant finally made a visit on Bank Holiday Sunday evening with my wife. It is a remarkably big room. and unfortunately there were only about 5/6 people in the restaurant so that did take from the atmosphere. I would imagine that there would be a great atmosphere on Saturday evenings/Sunday lunchtime when the place would be more full with families etc. We were using a voucher purchased from one of the "deal" websites - but this made no difference to that staff, level of service, or indeed the quality or quantity of food offered (unlike other restaurants when producing similar vouchers!). I had a carpacio of beef starter which was excellent - the quality of beef and freshness of trimmigs was excellent, and was a very generous portion. The boss had a salmon starter which she too enjoyed immensely. We were restricted by the voucher to a pizza or pasta main meal - I had a lovely pasta dish with a creamy parmesan flavoured white sauce, which like the starter was a very generous portion, and was a knockout. My wife enjoyed an excellent seafood pizza with a light crispy base (unlike so many other stodgy offerings), and was delighted with the quality and quantity of seafood toppings. We shared a boozy tiarmisu, with two cappicinos to finish what was an excellent meal. The voucher also included a glass of house wine and we had an excellent house red - enjoying it so much we quickly ordered a second ! Overall a wonderful experience - intend returning "en famille" at a more busier time to enjoy the surroundings. One small note - it was a little strange listening to Xmas songs on the background - perhaps they felt it suited the weather !

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